ECU evens series with victory over Houston

The Pirates (31-19, 12-8 AAC) bounced from a series-opening loss and won Game 2 against the Cougars (34-17, 12-8 AAC) on Saturday, 4-1.

Bryce Harman and Luke Lowery each hit home runs, while Reid Love allowed one run over eight innings lifting East Carolina to a 4-1 nationally televised win over No. 21 Houston Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Pirates (31-19, 12-8) move back into a tie for first with the Cougars (34-17, 12-8) in the American Athletic Conference standings.

Love (6-3) went eight innings on the bump allowing a run (earned) on nine hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. The left-hander, who had seven scoreless frames after giving up a run in the first, recorded multiple strikeouts twice and fanned at least one batter in five of eight frames. Joe Ingle notched his fourth save of the season tossing a scoreless ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Kyle Dowdy (7-2) took the loss surrendering three runs (all earned) on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Patrick Weigel worked the final two innings of relief giving up a run (earned) on three hits with two strikeouts.

ECU posted its 22nd double-digit hitting performance of the season getting a pair of base knocks from Lowery and Eric Tyler. Eight of the Pirates starting nine recorded hits, while Harman, Lowery, Kirk Morgan and Tyler each scored runs.

Four Cougars (Jacob Campbell, Ashford Fulmer, Corey Julks and Kyle Survance) each had two hits in the game, while Josh Vidales added one. Survance scored Houston’s lone run, which came in the first inning.

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